The Martian

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If Andy Weir‘s name sounds familiar, it should, he’s the best-selling author of The Martian, which went on to become a blockbuster Ridley Scott movie starring Matt Damion. Weir is also a huge fan of Ready Player One, written by Ernie Cline. Cline’s book is also getting the movie treatment with Steven Spielberg directing, so the pair have a lot in common. Weir enjoyed Ready Player One so much that he felt he had to write Lacero, a short story set in Ready Player One‘s universe. What we as fans, and Andy Weir, would call Fan Fiction. What is surprising and wonderful about this story is that Cline has read that fan fiction and decided to make it canon in the Ready Player One universe. (more…)

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As the new year begins, we take one final look back at 2015 to identify once and for all what the best nerdy movies of 2015 were. Despite our complaints about Hollywood’s lack of originality, or its overdependence on franchises or previously established intellectual properties, this is still not an easy list to tabulate; in the year 2015, there were more than enough contenders to make two Top 10 lists. Since we’re in the business of playing favorites, however, 10 and only 10 could be chosen, and so we chose.

Making the cut this year were a fair number of sequels and spin-offs, but also a hardcore science-fiction film, an allegory-filled horror entry, a bloody western, a charming animated movie, a documentary, a mockumentary, and the only movie that took A.I. and all its implications seriously in a year full of killer, self-aware robots. Submitted for your approval, here are the Top 10 Films of 2015 (and the 5 Worst ones). (more…)

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Over the better part of two decades, Matt Damon has been the saved (Saving Private Ryan) and on more than one occasion, he’s managed to save an entire country (Invictus) and even the world (Elysium). Last year, he essayed Dr. Mann (Man) in Christopher Nolan‘s magnum opus of time, space, and love, Interstellar. To quote one character, Mann was the “best of us,” except he wasn’t the best of us, not by several million light years. This time out, though, Damon gets to indeed play the “best of us,” an irony-free, nearly super-heroic botanist inadvertently stranded on Mars (left for dead by his mission crew after a category awful dust storm) and forced to fend for himself, Robinson Crusoe-style (not to be confused with Robinson Crusoe on Mars, an entirely different film from a more innocent, more naïve time, i.e., 1964). Damon’s hero-botanist, Mark Watney, may be an every-man on the surface, but he’s also a science hero with a big brain and vast reservoirs of scientific knowledge, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. (more…)

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Sir Ridley Scott has a new film called The Martian coming out this weekend, so naturally everyone wants to talk about other films he has in development, specifically sequels/prequels/continuation of seminal sci-fi classics he made decades ago. Scott’s already talked about Prometheus 2 Alien: Paradise Lost, which is rumored to be his very next film, but what about that Blade Runner sequel? Scott will not be directing that one – the duty will fall to Denis Villenueve – but Scott has been working diligently to develop the project and will stay on as a producer. But why? Why crank out a sequel to a film that most people think is fine and self-contained as it is? (more…)

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There’s probably been more discussion of Prometheus 2 in the last two weeks than in the last three years combined. So after several reveals including a February start date for the sequel, the return of Michael Fassbender, and the possibility of two or three more Prometheus movies to come, director Ridley Scott upped the ante yesterday when he announced that Prometheus 2 now has a very different title. Prometheus may have had a tacit connection to the Alien universe of films in the past, but by announcing that Prometheus 2 will be called Alien: Paradise Lost, Scott is sending a signal that his next project is going to be that much more connected to his 1979 classic. (more…)

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Michael Fassbender remains one of the most in demand actors in Hollywood, able to shift rather seamlessly between small independent films to big studio franchises. He will continue to show his range later this year when he takes up the title roles in Macbeth and Steve Jobs, and then next summer when he will kick-off Assassin’s Creed and return for his third take as Magneto in X-Men: Apocalypse. Well it turns out another filmmaker has Fassbender’s number, and it’s two, as in Prometheus 2. Ridley Scott has confirmed that when Prometheus takes off again in 2017, Fassbender will be onboard to continue the search for humanity’s origin. (more…)

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Perhaps he’s just in a science fiction frame of mind. Ridley Scott‘s next film is The Martian, the story about an astronaut trying to survive alone on Mars opens in theaters in just a couple of months. Two of Scott’s signature movies were science fiction based, Alien and Blade Runner, the former was the basis of the deeply divisive prequel/whatchamacallit Prometheus, which came out in 2012. There’s been a lot of talk about a Prometheus sequel, and the end of the film certainly set it up perfectly, but circumstances have kept it spinning in the proverbial bullpen. But now, Scott says brace yourselves because Prometheus 2 is his next project. (more…)

THE MARTIAN

The first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s The Martian is making the Internet rounds. The film stars Matt Damon along with a stellar supporting cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. Before you tell yourself that you’ve seen this movie’s story before, take a look at the trailer. (more…)

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With the imminent release of Exodus: Gods and Kings upon us, Ridley Scott has been popping up here and there offering tidbits on various projects he is involved with including the widely anticipated follow-up to the Box Office smash hit Sci-Fi Prometheus and the follow up to perhaps one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of our time: Blade Runner.  Scott had initially stated that the script for the Blade Runner sequel had been completed and he was happy with it, and with this news we all naturally assumed that he would be back on the director’s chair to helm the beefy sequel after finishing work on the Matt Damon starer The Martian. Turns out that is not the case (…yes, horrible news indeed). (more…)